JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican Missouri senator is praising a state Supreme Court ruling calling for all sex offenders to register no matter when their offense happened.
The state high court had previously determined that sex offenders whose crime came before the registry's creation in 1995 didn't have to sign up. That's because of a state constitutional provision banning retroactive laws.
The court ruled this week that a federal law requires registration anyway.
Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, has sponsored a constitutional amendment that would have allowed sex offender registry laws to apply retrospectively. Crowell said this week's ruling negates the need for the amendment.
He said it's a "victory for anyone concerned with protecting Missouri's children from sexual predators."